Angela Rayner leadership potential weighed up by Labour MP
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Angela Eagle quickly shot down suggestions of Angela Rayner becoming the next Labour Party leader stating the party is far more “complex” and has more problems than simply who is at the helm. Ms Eagle appeared to agree with sentiments from Ms Rayner and other pundits who said the public did not know what the party stood for which was a key reason behind their recent election losses. The Labour MP added the Conservatives are stirring up “propaganda” and the Labour party needed to “match them”.
Speaking on BBC’s Politics Live, the former Shadow Secretary of State who ran for leadership herself in 2016 was asked her opinions on Ms Rayner becoming leader of her party.
Sir Keir Starmer removed Ms Rayner as Party Chair in response to the Hartlepool by-election loss and made her deputy Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
Ms Eagle told the programme: “I am instinctively in favour of Angelas but the point is that will not solve any of our issues at the moment.
“We need to work together and the Labour party has always been quite a complex sort of party with all sorts of power bases in it.”
Host Jo Coburn then quipped perhaps the complexities of the party explained why people did not know what Labour stood for.
Ms Eagle disagreed and replied: “The Labour party is a complex thing to run but the leader of the opposition is the most difficult job in government.
“We have got to support Keir and we’ve got to make sure that we start articulating our values… and talk about policies that will affect everyone in the country.
“I don’t think we have updated the way we have communicated and we know there has been a lot of propaganda via Facebook which turns up on the doorstep and it surreptitiously bought by the Conservatives.
Boris Johnson warns Starmer of ‘hungry’ Angela Rayner
“They’ve innovated and we have to match them and get better at it.”
Prime Minister Boris Johnson weighed into the debate of Ms Rayner becoming Labour leader during the first day of the Queen’s Speech debate on Tuesday.
He remarked Ms Rayner was like a “lioness” who was actually the most dangerous in the pride and warned Sir Keir that despite her new titles following Labour’s reshuffle she may “still be hungrier for more”.
The Hartlepool by-election was tipped to be a litmus test of Sir Keir’s leadership following Labour’s disastrous 2019 general election.
The election saw many Labour strongholds swing to the Tories which Hartlepool also did when 51 percent voted for the Conservatives.
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Ms Rayner saw support from allies and critics alike after she was sacked as Party Chair because of the Hartlepool washout with many instead saying Sir Keir was responsible.
Insiders told Sky News the majority of the campaign was run by the Labour leader’s office and did not believe Ms Rayner was as culpable as Sir Keir made out.
Following the reshuffle, Ms Rayner wrote to several publications stating many voters did not know what Sir Keir stood for.
But despite the criticism, she still said she believed in him “100 percent” as she would not work alongside him if she did not.
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